War and memory in postwar Germany topic of UH West Oahu lecture
University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu Distinguished Visiting Scholar Robert G. Moeller will discuss “Back to the Future? History and Memory in Berlin, 2005-1945” during a presentation at the campus on April 14, 12:30 p.m. at Campus Center C225. Moeller is a history professor at the University of California, Irvine, and a leading researcher in the areas of gender, war and memory in postwar Germany.
Focusing on the city of Berlin in its three postwar forms—East, West and post-unification—Moeller will examine the myriad ways in which Germans remembered, and simultaneously forgot, various aspects of the Second World War over a 60 year period, through the production of public memorials and monuments, touring exhibits, film, artwork and political demonstrations.
Author of the award-winning book War Stories: The Search for a Usable Past in the Federal Republic of Germany and Protecting Motherhood: Women and the Family in the Politics of Postwar West Germany, Moeller has also served on the editorial boards of the American Historical Review, the Journal of Modern History, and Central European History and as an editorial consultant for Feminist Studies.
—A University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu news release